Magical nights light up Sarasota Jungle Gardens for the holiday season


SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2013) – Millions of Lights, Magical Nights set the stage for the holiday season at Sarasota Jungle Gardens with its 12th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular celebration. Opening night is Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. and the celebration continues from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, 13 through 15, 20 through 24 and 26 through 29.

Sparkling lights will adorn every aspect of the Gardens – from the meandering trails to the fascinating exhibits. The traditional family friendly event offers a myriad of joy-filled activities such as strolling down Candy Cane Lane, roasting s’mores and hot dogs and a lot more.

Santa will be on hand for family photos and live entertainment will take place on stage each evening of the event. Favorite magician/comedian Nathan Coe Marsh will return again this year. In addition, Jeff the Juggler will make his debut appearance at the Gardens for one performance only on Dec. 7.

A special holiday dinner menu will feature carved ham, chicken Florentine, pasta and meatballs, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, sweet corn and rolls at a cost of $7.95 for the choice of one entrée and two sides. Child-friendly meals are also available.

Adult admission is $11 and children three to 12 are $6. Children under the age of two are free. Taxes are not included, and coupons, discounts and other offers are not valid for special events. Tickets are available for advance purchase on the website or picked up at will call at the Gardens.

For more information and a complete schedule visit or call (941) 355-1112.

About Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Sarasota Jungle Gardens features 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails and entertaining, educational bird and reptile shows throughout the day. Celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2014, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is home to more than 150 native and exotic animals, including birds of prey, many different species of parrots and macaws, free-roaming flamingos, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, crocodiles and other reptiles. Many of the animals found their home at Sarasota Jungle Gardens through approved private donations or through state and federal agencies that wanted to ensure these animals would live in a safe environment and permanent, caring home.